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Bell's Oberon Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,739
Ratings:
6,583
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
1,576
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,739 | Ratings: 6,583
Photo of malcontent
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, bubble-riddled body. A fizzy head is short-lived.

The yeast pushes forward a bready aroma that quickly gives way to apricots and honey. Mild orange scent creeps up on the finish.

It's been a while since I've had an Oberon but I don't remember that wheat malt coming through this much. There's not nearly as much citrus on the finish as I recall and towards the finish the beer becomes almost doughy. There's almost a hefeweizen quality about the brew.

Thicker body with only a somewhat crisp finish. All-in-all, I'm not overwhelmed by this. I'm not sure what the deal is because back when Bell's was available in Illinois this used to be a go-to beer. Three possible explanations; 1)It's December and I'm drinking a summer beer that just may not be fresh (not Bell's fault) 2)my palate has changed dramatically in the last few years (nobody's fault) or 3)this bottle could be the result of Bell's somewhat spotty quality control (most definitely their fault). I look forward to next summer when Bell's should (hopefully) be back in Chicago; I'll find out once and for all what's going on.

Thanks to kryptic for the trade

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Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#101 on rate beer.com starting over with a mich beer.poured hazy golden with average size white head with lots of floaties. aroma malts, fruity, yeast, orange and hints of lemon.flavor sweet with some bitterness orange,banana, and hint of honey. had this after working outside in the heat (88)and the beer was very cold It was pretty good as it warmed the taste started to deminish

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a hazy deep amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head.

S: Biscuits and wheat... fresh hay and grains. Mild hops.

T/F: To me the taste was biscuits and grains... not as complex as most wheat beers (lacking the yeasty notes) and a bit more hops than usual for the style. Carbonated and a bit zesty.

O: Not a bad beer... easy drinking, but nothing terribly special. Certainly doesn't taste like a wheat beer... more like an ale crossed with a very mild IPA. A good session beer and coming from Bell's you know it's well made.

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Photo of LaurenZ
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mildly fruity and hoppy. Has some wheat and citrus peel flavors. Not as bold as would be expected with the aroma. It smells sweet, citrusy and summery. It has a bitter finish but is overall crisp and with a good carbonated feel.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good little summer beer here. Its very light and crisp and a little citrusy. I'm not a huge wheat fan so this didn't overwhelm me but it was one of the better ones that I've had. It wold be rather tasty on a hot ass summer day. It went well with the cheese and cracker I was eating.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Served in something close to a pint glass. the beer is hazy-golden with a thin white head. There is quite a bit of sediment in suspension and in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is full of lemon zest, citrus, wheat and florals. It has clean and smooth wheat flavor with a little bit of banana.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thicker than it should be and slightly sweet. Overall it's a very nice beer for summer.

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Photo of Mojo
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very cloudy (due to lots of particulate) pale gold. There was about a one finger white head with good retention and a fairly good amount of lacing. Smell is very subtle with some bread, apples, oranges, and grassy notes. Taste is very mild, almost no bitterness, just about perfect for a hot summer day. Honestly I expected more from this, but it is not bad at all, just not spectacular.

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Photo of tronester
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with lots of floaties. Smells like grain and a bit of vinegar. Taste begins with a dry earthy, citrusy flavor, followed by some grain, and finishing with some tartness. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a decent beer, though not my favorite from Bells.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a cloudy and hazy darker yellow. Some chunks of yeast can be seen suspended in the beer despite a careful pour. Head settles out to a thin collar.

Smells of wheat, citrus and a general yeastiness. Nothing sticks out too much.

The flavor begins with an initial smooth wheat flavor. No real fruitiness. Finishes with a fairly assertive hop bitterness. Bitterness is well short of a pale ale, but stronger than most American wheat beers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side do medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation.

Straightforward American wheat ale with an enjoyable hop presence that leaves the yeasty wheat flavor intact. A good summer brew, but climbs up a bit in abv compared to many others in the same style. Not out of place though.

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Photo of partains
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale golden yellow/orange
Smell: strong citrus and fruity
Taste: orange and mild spice and hop
Overall: I enjoyed how refreshing and crisp the beer is and my pallet liked the fruit/citrus flavors

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Photo of Hoptrollop
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised when I found out this was a wheat beer, it was while I was drinking my second glass. Once I knew that I could pick up some of those attributes but mainly in the nose and mouthfeel. The hops really overwhelm the wheat but then the finish is sweeter then the usual pale ale.

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Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a bright white head that settles to a cap that leaves quit a bit of sticky lacing. It is an unfiltered beer so there is some sediment floating about the beer.

The smell is of wheat malt. A little yeast also sneaks in.

The flavor is of wheat malt with a slight citrus hint. It is a refreshing beer with a clean finish and abundant carbonation. Good for a warm day. A bit late in the season for this one but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 2 finger head withe excellent retention and a cloudy orange color with little particles of yeast floating around.

Smell has some lemony/grassy characteristics. Citrus wheaty in your face smell. Could be a bit stronger, but it is nice nevertheless.

Taste has some pale malt sweetness in fron with some lemon juice followed by grass. The bitterness on the end leaves a bit of an odd combination for me. Too much lemon can lead to a little bit of off flavor. The off flavor is just a thorn in my side for this one.

This beer is crisp but the off flavors cling a little bit too much. There is a bit of an overabundance of lemon and it creates a bit of an off flavor. This one is decent enough though.

Thanks to unionturf for the sample

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oberon was a fruity surprise, but watery to the mouth. It had that run-of-the-mill beer look, although it had decent lacing down the glass. There are distinct scents of oranges or maybe even tangerines that you can taste distantly from the hops. It was light and refreshing if not bold and filling. A decent beer - one that you want to try if you had enough of the darker variety for a while.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this since it was brewed again. on tap served in a standard pint glass

a: light straw yellow color, slight 1/4" head with fair retention. Did reduce to lace rings around my glass. slightly cloudy but not much compared to other wheat styles.

s: light aroma, slight citrus and wheat

t: to be honest, I found the taste to be bland. I found it to be well balanced, but did not really notice much citrus character. the most I found was a slight sweatness from the wheat and perhaps any spice used.

m&d: light mouthfeel, extremely drinkable

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Photo of homebrew311
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the new Whole Foods in Schaumburg. Nothing better than some beer while you are shopping!

A: pours a pale orange, slightly cloudy, huge 2 finger fluffy head, nice retention with some sticky lacing

S: the aroma is mild but I do pick up lots of citrus, notes of orange and lemon, some noticeable wheat, and a touch of citric hops on the finish

T: starts grainy with notes of toast and cereal, followed by notes of orange, banana, and lemon, nice and refreshing, very light, good wheat flavor

MF: light and refreshing body, medium carbonation

D: nicely put together wheat beer, with lots of fruitiness and a pretty prominent malt presence.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange with a white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S-Citrus notes on the nose, mostly orange, and some malts as well as a touch of hops.

T-The sweetness of this beer blew me away. Besides an overwhelming sweet flavor there was once again some citrus, mostly oranges and just a hint of lemon. Its more malty than hoppy, but pretty balanced.

M-Leans to the syrupy side than carbonated.

D-The sweetness of this beer made it a one and done for me. I had this in a bottle last year and I don't remember it being so sweet.

Overall, I was disappointed. The bottle I had last year seemed much better. I had thought about purchasing as six pack of this, but now I don't think I will. I know this beer is loved by many, but its not my favorite.

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Photo of ToddT
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly cloudy pale yellow with a one finger off white head. Head has some retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S- Light note of orange and yeast. Not too much else going on in the aroma.

T- Delicate wheat and yeast with a little orange and hop bitterness at the end.

M- A little on the light side, decent carbonation. Finish is quick and clean with almost no aftertaste.

D- Easy drinking summer beer, no hint of the 5.8% ABV.

Decent summer beer from Bell's. This one would be a good choice for a summer picnic where you just can't bring yourself to serve a macro lager, as no-one will be put off by this.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The infamous Oberon. Heard lots, finally got to try it.

A: Light orange, little head, particulate flowing over the carbs but staying afloat. Lively.

S: Citrus smell , almost a creamsicle. That was all. Malt maybe?

M: Thick, chewy, creamy, orange peel aftertaste, slightly bitter wash. Nice.

T: Can't say where I've tasted this before, but I have. Slightly acidic, with a stong wheat and citrus profile with the alcohol coming in at the end This is a decent drinker, but not overly great.

D: Yes, very. Price however, 8 for a 6, I can find plenty of other tastes for less.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Head is massive, fluffy, and white, top is nice and creamy, you see the fairly large bubbles on the side, beer is crystal clear (some floaties because its BC), bright gold, not pale or straw, full colored

S: Good clean aroma, crisp and grassy hops, backed by some wheat and malt sweetness, mild but very nice

T: Very sweet, that grassy hop note is still there, but most of the flavor is dominated by sweet honey, that hop note provides some balance so that it doesn't kill you with sweetness, but it is still too much

M: An aggressive pour knocked some of the carbonation out, but judging by this beer and the other 5 in the pack, its not overly carbonated, decent, not ultra light, slightly less than medium to medium

D: Nothing "wrong" with it, just not my thing, too sweet

Notes: This beer shows all the signs of a well made beer, which I've come to expect from Bell's. However being good is far short of being great. The flavor just doesn't work for me, it is much too sweet. A wheat ale should be crisp and bright, but this feels heavy and sugary.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a cloudy medium yellow with small yeast particles hovering throughout. The head was white, frothy and average in size with some really nice lacing and great retention. The aroma was strong with the scent of wheat, a mild grain malt and a flowery hop. It also had notes of orange, honey and a hint of spices. It tasted mildly sweet and a tad acidic with notes of orange and wheat in the beginning then matured to be a bit more on the spicy side with a nice hoppy finish and left the flavor sticking around for a short while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and smooth and creamy in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall a unique tasting brew with all the flavors of summer.

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Photo of Walker8810
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden hue with and inch of foam. aroma of bananas and cotton candy - very sweet smelling. Sharp taste with a fair amount of carbonation. nice sweet flavor with a slight bitter hop finish to it. mouthfeel is middle of the road. very drinkable. would pick it up again if i were in the mood but would not actively seek it out.

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Photo of techdiver
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Grass and citrus nose.

Grass and citrus taste with mild hop bite.

Fairly crisp and pleasant mouthfeel.

Having tried this previously on tap, I'm still not too enthusiastic about this beer. Smells good and feels good, I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of nprittie
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Bright golden, straw color with thin head that disappears rather quickly

S: Slight breadiness with some citrus

T: Citrus, oranges, some sour dough

M: Highly carbonated, refreshing on the palette

O: This wheat ale has a beautiful bright appearance and a refreshing mouthfeel that pairs well with warm weather. High drinkability, would have a few in a row. Not my favorite Bell's beer, but pretty good for a wheat beer. Would recommend for those that want a lighter ale that's not hoppy.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours copper in color with a 1/4" white head that fades fast and left just a bit of lacing.

S-Nose is somewhat lacking, but what is there is pleasant enough. Some citrus hops, grain and malt.

T-The grain/wheat is at the forefront here with some hops in the background and a semi-sweet finish.

M-Crisp with carbonation fitting the style. Body is somewhat on the light side of medium.

D-It drinks fairly easily, it just doesn't stand out.

A decent offering from Bells. Its not bad, it just isn't that special.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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